Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the group is made up of staff from his office, the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Ontario Attorney General.
“We’re working with the feds. With their commitment to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana, we are going to work with them,” Sousa said. “We’ve begun some research and background [work] already in terms of what Ontario’s approach should be.”
Sousa said the process is complex, with different viewpoints and input from the separate ministries.
“We’re at it. We’re close. But I don’t want to jump the gun on any of this stuff . . . because I want us to take a steady approach as to what’s ultimately going to take place,” he said.
Sousa said he wanted to send a signal that independent cannabis dispensaries will soon be a thing of the past.
“I, at least, don’t see that being the distribution mechanism. It’s going to have to be controlled,” he said. “Marijuana possession and trafficking, it’s illegal.”